Grade Level 7
Lesson 14



  1. Students will use phonetic and structural analysis and knowledge of words to expand their vocabulary.




  1. Write the letters and point values on the board before the students arrive.


  1. Give the students a couple of minutes to create the highest scoring word out of the letters of the day.  Remind them that if they use all 7 letters, they score a Scrabble “bingo” and get a 50 point bonus.


  1. Ask the students to volunteer the words they have created and list those words on the board with their point values. Make sure to point out homophones, homonyms, prefixes, suffixes, word roots and words with more than one definition. 


  1. Today’s highest scoring words are DESPAIR AND DIAPERS with a point value of 60 points.  If no one in the class identifies either word, then take a few minutes to introduce the words by discussing their (1) spelling (2) pronunciation, (3) definition, (4) part of speech and (5) use in a sentence.


·         DESPAIR                        to lose all hope

·         DIAPERS                        a garment for infants


  1. Here are some other words that can be derived from today’s set of letters.  The definitions come from the Scrabble dictionary.


·         ASPIRE            to work to achieve something great

·         ASIDE            (adv) toward the side; (n) words not meant to be heard

·         PARSE                                    to analyze a sentence by naming its parts

·         SPIRE                                    a pointed roof especially of a tower; a steeple

·         SPAR                                    (n) a round piece of wood to which a sail is attached; (v) to box

·         RASP                                    (v) to rub or irritate; (n) a coarse file


  1. This rack of letters contains one set of homophones:


·         PAIR/PEAR


  1. Ask students to reflect on the strategies they used to create their highest scoring word.


  1. Ask students to add these new words to their vocabulary notebook.